As head of MLA's Political Law team, Stefan C. Passantino has a nationwide practice and focuses on representing political figures, corporations and other political entities with respect to state and federal election law, campaign finance, lobbying law and ethics issues. He was recognized by Chambers USA 2010 as one of the leading political law attorneys in the nation and described as "extremely astute and responsive and has an incredible grasp of the subject matter." He maintains offices in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Passantino is a co-author of the Handbook on Corporate Political Activity: Emerging Corporate Governance Issues, an overview of the legal rules and standard practices related to corporate activity in the political arena. He also leads the firm's Political Law team in the publication of its Pay to Play blog. The blog is dedicated to helping readers monitoring the status of proposed pay to play legislation and is set to become a leading online community for analyses on the impacts of pay to play regulations on the state level in reference to lobbying, contributions and gifts. Please visit www.paytoplaylawblog.com for the latest information on this topic.
Some of his clients include former Speakers of the United States House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich and J. Dennis Hastert, as well as Senator Roy Blunt, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, former Congressmen Bob Barr of Georgia and JC Watts of Oklahoma. In addition, Mr. Passantino serves as General Counsel to corporate entities formed by former Speaker of the House Gingrich and former Congressman Watts. Mr. Passantino has provided Congressional and Executive Branch ethics and lobbying training to Members of Congress, their staff, the Administration, and private corporations for over ten years.
Mr. Passantino also represents parties in complex litigation matters including matters relating to insurance claims handling, bad faith, coverage and tort liability. He represents some of the largest companies in the world in complex legal disputes including Zurich, CIGNA and ACE.
Prior to joining McKenna Long & Aldridge, Mr. Passantino worked as an associate for a large New York law firm and as a Federal Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Herbert F. Murray.
During law school, Mr. Passantino served as Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal.
Mr. Passantino is a regular contributor and commentator for CNN Radio, The Hill, FOX News, Roll Call, The Washington Post and USA Today, among others. He is also a frequent speaker on political law issues at Emory University School of Law. Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine recognized Mr. Passantino on their 2008 and 2009 lists of Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars and as a Super Lawyer in 2010. Mr. Passantino was recognized as one of “Georgia’s Most Influential People” in the March 2006 and 2007 issues of James Magazine. The Georgia Supreme Court appointed Mr. Passantino as a mentor in the Transition into Law Practice Program of the State Bar of Georgia in January 2009.
Admitted to Practice
New York, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. bars; United States Supreme Court,
Northern District of Georgia, Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
District of Maryland
Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Eleventh Circuits